“Hazel has terminal cancer. She meets Augustus at a support group and Augustus has been free of cancer for a few years. Augustus is in love with Hazel and Hazel likes him too but she is afraid to make any commitment because she knows she is going to die and she does not want to break his heart. Hazel loves a book called "An Imperial Affliction" because she relates to the main character in the book who also has cancer. She introduces the book to Augustus and they both have a common love toward the book; the only problem is that the story just ends on a cliffhanger and they both seek answers. Augustus uses his Wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author and get answers to their questions. When they meet him they find out he is a lonely alcoholic and are disappointed and frustrated with him. After returning home Augustus is re-diagnosed with cancer and losses his battle. At his funeral the author shows up and Hazel is furious. She then learns that the story she loves so much is actually true and that he lost his six year old daughter to cancer. He became depressed and then turned to alcohol. Hazel still sought answers and a sequel to the book and it turns out that Augustus wrote four pages and sent them to the author. Hazel learns in the end that she should be happy the choices that she made and that she should live life with no regrets. ”Lena S. wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Perfect.”Captain Ryan Zavala wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an excellent book about teenagers who have to live life with "one foot in the grave."”Linda Brungardt wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was just so perfect!”Lindsey!! wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book literally changed my life. It is so beautifully written. John Green is a great author. I fell in love with Augustus Waters. I loved it so much from the beginning that I had other people reading it before I even finished it! I didn't want the story to end. ”Abigail Mae wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books I have eve read. ”Tessica Kirk wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was really good! I cried. Though, it reminded me a LOT of My Sister's Keeper. ”Roseli wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“John Green is awesome. He writes about smart kids, for smart kids, and he never skips the hard or ugly parts, but instead makes them real. This story is about two teens, Miranda and Augustus; one is living with terminal cancer, the other is in recovery. They meet at their support group and start a tentative relationship, knowing all the while that it is not going to end well at some point. This story is about that risk of going "all-in" with love, even though you know it will break your heart, and finding those moments that make it all worthwhile. ”Susie P wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There was obviously quite a lot of hype around this book before I read it, so I was expecting a lot more than I got. It has often been stated that The Fault in Our Stars is not just another cancer book, but I found that it was very much like one. It was a wonderful story, though, just not what I was hoping for. ”Amy wrote this review Thursday, January 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"I looked away, suddenly conscious of my myriad insufficiencies." (9)
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal." (33).
""Hazel Grace," he said, my name new and better in his voice." (36)
""Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.
Isaac shot me a look. "Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Do't you believe in true love?"
I didn't answer. I didn't have an answer. But I thought that if true love did exist, that was a pretty good definition of it." (60).
"That's why I like you. ... You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are." (123).
"In the end, we both lost. So it goes." (137)
""I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." ... It felt like everything was rising up in me, like I was drowning in this weirdly painful joy, but I couldn't say it back. I couldn't say anything back." (154)
""Some war," he said, dismissively. "What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They're made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner."
... I couldn't say anything else. he was too smart for the kinds of solace I could offer." (216)
"Writing does not resurrect. It buries." (266)”